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INAF 100-003: The Devil in History: Getting Started

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Assignment

Activity

E-mail your answers to the both Professor Deletant and Megan Browndorf by October 4

  1. ​Use your knowledge, the syllabus, and the background resources to find a topic you are interested in learning more about and think may help you with your final paper. What is that topic? 

 

  1.  Find a Book 
    1. Put the book into Refworks, Zotero, or use Zbib to create a citation to copy into an e-mail.

    2. Use the Purdue Owl Writing Guides to make sure you are happy with that citation.
       

  2. Find an article.

    1. Put the article into Refworks, Zotero, or use Zbib to create a citation to copy into an e-mail.

    2. Use the Purdue Owl Writing Guides to make sure you are happy with that citation.
       

  3. For the Book (Requires going to the library!)

    1. Write down the call number for the book

    2. Take a picture of it on the shelf and add the picture underneath the citation or attach to the e-mail.

    3. Look up the author. Write a little bit about the author. (For example, Are they an academic? A Journalist? A diplomat? What are their qualifications to write on this subject? Why do you believe their arguments will be relevant to your paper?)

    4. Page through the book a little. Are you happy with this book? Why or why not? (For example, Did you get to the shelf and find that the book wasn't what you thought? How did it let you down? Is your topic in the index? Does it have lots of citations?)

    5. Do any of the books nearby look useful? Make sure to write those down for yourself or check them out!
       

  4. For the Article, answer these questions:

    1. What database did you use to find the article?

    2. Why did you choose this database?

    3. Look up the author. Write a little bit about the author. (For example, Are they an academic? A Journalist? A diplomat? What are their qualifications to write on this subject? Why do you believe their arguments will be relevant to your paper? Have they written on similar topics before?)

    4. Look up the journal. What types of articles does the journal normally publish?

    5. Are you satisfied with how traceable the information is in the article? Why or why not?

    6. Are you satisfied with how the information in this article been fact-checked? How can you tell?

    7. Do you have reason to believe the information in the article is mostly unbiased? Why or why not?

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